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Wireless Networks (N vs G Routers)

In layman’s terms consider switching to a N router it goes Further & Faster. 

If you use a wireless networking at home or for your small business…  Things to look at when you need a router;  Security, Range and Speed (The basics).  You can go into dual band routers that also work as network stortage deives (Just plug in an external hard drive or USB in the back) the list goes on… But this just covers Bandwidth and Range.  

The latest and greatest: Wireless N+

Checkout out CNET for the latest Router Reviews:  http://reviews.cnet.com/best-wireless-routers/

Make sure your network card is compatiable. (All new ones should be)

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June 14, 2009 Posted by | Business, Computer Networking, Information Technology (I.T.), Videos | , , | Leave a comment

Future of Email: Google Wave

In layman’s terms  Google Wave is Gmail on steroids! Imagine Gmail, Google Talk, and Google Docs in one big inbox.

Here’s a long and boring video the the Developers Preview… (120 mins)  The 411 is above…

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Top 100 Corporations

04.08.09, 06:00 PM EDT

Because you should just know this information…

Rank Company Country Industry Sales ($bil) Profits ($bil) Assets ($bil) Market Value ($bil)
1 General Electric United States Conglomerates 182.52 17.41 797.77 89.87
2 Royal Dutch Shell Netherlands Oil & Gas Operations 458.36 26.28 278.44 135.10
3 Toyota Motor Japan Consumer Durables 263.42 17.21 324.98 102.35
4 ExxonMobil United States Oil & Gas Operations 425.70 45.22 228.05 335.54
5 BP United Kingdom Oil & Gas Operations 361.14 21.16 228.24 119.70
6 HSBC Holdings United Kingdom Banking 142.05 5.73 2,520.45 85.04
7 AT&T United States Telecommunications Services 124.03 12.87 265.25 140.08
8 Wal-Mart Stores United States Retailing 405.61 13.40 163.43 193.15
9 Banco Santander Spain Banking 96.23 13.25 1,318.86 49.75
9 Chevron United States Oil & Gas Operations 255.11 23.93 161.17 121.70
11 Total France Oil & Gas Operations 223.15 14.74 164.66 112.90
12 ICBC China Banking 53.60 11.16 1,188.08 170.83
13 Gazprom Russia Oil & Gas Operations 97.29 26.78 276.81 74.55
14 PetroChina China Oil & Gas Operations 114.32 19.94 145.14 270.56
15 Volkswagen Group Germany Consumer Durables 158.40 6.52 244.05 75.18
16 JPMorgan Chase United States Banking 101.49 3.70 2,175.05 85.87
17 GDF Suez France Utilities 115.59 9.05 232.71 70.46
18 ENI Italy Oil & Gas Operations 158.32 12.91 139.80 80.68
19 Berkshire Hathaway United States Diversified Financials 107.79 4.99 267.40 122.11
20 Vodafone United Kingdom Telecommunications Services 70.39 13.30 252.08 93.66
21 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Japan Banking 61.43 6.38 1,931.17 53.63
22 Procter & Gamble United States Household & Personal Products 83.68 14.08 138.26 141.18
23 CCB-China Construction Bank China Banking 42.98 9.45 903.35 119.03
24 Verizon Communications United States Telecommunications Services 97.35 6.43 202.35 81.04
25 Petrobras-Petróleo Brasil Brazil Oil & Gas Operations 92.08 14.12 120.68 110.97
26 Nippon Telegraph & Tel Japan Telecommunications Services 107.02 6.36 179.95 59.07
27 EDF Group France Utilities 89.46 4.73 278.76 71.53
28 IBM United States Software & Services 103.63 12.34 109.53 123.47
29 BNP Paribas France Banking 107.96 4.20 2,888.73 29.98
30 Bank of China China Banking 40.10 7.70 817.84 105.04
31 Telefónica Spain Telecommunications Services 80.70 10.57 129.16 85.56
32 Nestlé Switzerland Food, Drink & Tobacco 103.01 16.91 97.12 118.99
33 Sinopec-China Petroleum China Oil & Gas Operations 154.28 7.43 100.41 93.50
34 Crédit Agricole France Banking 107.75 5.90 2,064.17 21.91
35 Siemens Germany Conglomerates 108.76 8.05 128.46 44.18
36 Hewlett-Packard United States Technology Hardware & Equip 118.70 8.05 109.63 69.57
37 Intesa Sanpaolo Italy Banking 50.56 10.58 835.15 31.43
38 Bank of America United States Banking 113.11 4.01 1,817.94 25.29
39 Honda Motor Japan Consumer Durables 120.27 6.01 124.98 44.32
40 BBVA-Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Spain Banking 56.51 6.99 747.99 27.56
41 ArcelorMittal Luxembourg Materials 124.94 9.40 133.09 26.80
42 Johnson & Johnson United States Drugs & Biotechnology 63.75 12.95 84.91 138.29
43 ENEL Italy Utilities 82.92 7.37 177.21 31.00
44 UniCredit Group Italy Banking 83.72 8.70 1,482.98 18.37
45 Generali Group Italy Insurance 118.39 4.26 546.50 21.35
46 France Telecom France Telecommunications Services 74.50 5.67 125.32 58.92
47 Samsung Electronics South Korea Semiconductors 104.42 7.87 99.47 45.82
48 Deutsche Bank Germany Diversified Financials 124.78 9.47 2,946.88 14.40
49 Microsoft United States Software & Services 61.98 17.23 65.79 143.58
50 Pfizer United States Drugs & Biotechnology 48.30 8.10 111.15 83.03
51 Wells Fargo United States Banking 51.65 2.66 1,309.64 51.28
52 BHP Billiton Australia/United Kingdom Materials 59.47 15.39 72.40 96.65
53 StatoilHydro Norway Oil & Gas Operations 93.38 6.20 82.42 53.30
54 Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Japan Banking 46.06 4.62 1,114.89 25.56
55 China Mobile Hong Kong/China Telecommunications Services 47.09 11.49 76.42 175.85
56 Goldman Sachs Group United States Diversified Financials 53.58 2.32 884.55 42.06
57 RWE Group Germany Utilities 66.16 3.56 127.64 33.68
58 Roche Holding Switzerland Drugs & Biotechnology 42.75 8.41 69.77 98.47
59 Commonwealth Bank Australia Banking 34.98 4.58 467.83 28.01
60 Société Générale Group France Banking 99.25 2.80 1,572.73 17.77
61 Novartis Switzerland Drugs & Biotechnology 42.01 8.30 73.22 82.97
62 E.ON Germany Utilities 120.74 1.76 215.15 47.44
63 Deutsche Telekom Germany Telecommunications Services 85.89 2.07 162.51 52.96
64 Rosneft Russia Oil & Gas Operations 46.99 11.12 77.40 34.07
65 Mizuho Financial Japan Banking 42.29 3.12 1,545.23 21.46
65 Sanofi-aventis France Drugs & Biotechnology 38.40 5.36 96.01 67.84
67 National Australia Bank Australia Banking 41.87 3.58 515.83 21.90
68 Royal Bank of Canada Canada Banking 30.01 3.52 575.21 34.29
69 Cisco Systems United States Technology Hardware & Equip 39.58 7.49 61.36 85.05
69 Rio Tinto UK/Australia Materials 54.26 3.68 88.25 39.42
71 Tesco United Kingdom Food Markets 93.85 4.21 59.80 37.50
72 China Life Insurance China Insurance 26.20 5.32 127.83 83.26
73 Mitsubishi Corp Japan Trading Companies 60.43 4.64 117.84 20.89
74 Vale Brazil Materials 30.75 9.28 79.26 66.14
75 Munich Re Germany Insurance 64.20 2.09 291.87 24.29
76 Lukoil Russia Oil & Gas Operations 66.86 9.51 59.14 26.62
77 Barclays United Kingdom Banking 59.82 6.40 2,947.84 11.15
78 Banco Bradesco Brazil Banking 39.97 3.26 194.51 26.75
79 Unilever Netherlands/UK Food, Drink & Tobacco 56.44 7.00 48.75 58.24
80 BASF Germany Chemicals 86.77 4.06 69.41 25.62
81 Nokia Finland Technology Hardware & Equip 70.63 5.55 52.29 35.32
82 Sony Japan Technology Hardware & Equip 88.89 3.70 124.12 17.12
83 CVS Caremark United States Retailing 87.47 3.21 60.96 37.46
83 Daimler Germany Consumer Durables 133.43 1.88 180.08 21.21
85 United Technologies United States Conglomerates 58.68 4.69 56.47 38.53
86 Saudi Basic Industries Saudi Arabia Chemicals 40.62 5.87 72.39 31.44
87 Iberdrola Spain Utilities 35.09 3.98 114.81 32.42
88 Nissan Motor Japan Consumer Durables 108.46 4.83 119.00 14.14
89 Panasonic Japan Technology Hardware & Equip 90.87 2.82 71.85 28.93
90 MetLife United States Insurance 50.99 3.21 501.68 15.10
91 Westpac Banking Group Australia Banking 25.90 3.05 346.22 31.40
92 GlaxoSmithKline United Kingdom Drugs & Biotechnology 35.55 6.72 52.67 79.06
93 Morgan Stanley United States Diversified Financials 62.26 1.71 658.81 21.00
94 Telecom Italia Italy Telecommunications Services 41.97 3.08 117.81 23.82
95 Intel United States Semiconductors 37.59 5.29 50.72 70.86
96 Zurich Financial Services Switzerland Insurance 32.35 3.04 325.04 19.60
97 Mitsui & Co Japan Trading Companies 57.50 4.11 97.15 17.12
98 Comcast United States Media 34.26 2.55 113.02 37.62
99 AXA Group France Insurance 156.95 1.28 936.92 19.47
100 Bayer Group Germany Chemicals 45.85 2.55 71.39 36.97

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Microsoft… His name is Steve Ballmar (If you didn’t know him, now you do!)

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Oh boy, If you don’t know him… here’s the quick 411: Steve Ballmer is CEO of Microsoft and is the second person after Roberto Goizueta(Former CEO of Coke, who died in 1997) to become a billionaire in U.S. dollars based on stock options received as an employee of a corporation in which he was neither a founder nor a relative of a founder. In Forbes 2008 World’s Richest People ranking, Ballmer was ranked the 43rd richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $11 billion.

Ballmer joined Microsoft on June 11, 1980, and became Microsoft’s 24th employee, the first business manager hired by Gates.  He was initially offered a salary of $50,000 as well as a percentage of ownership of the company. When Microsoft was incorporated in 1981, Ballmer owned 8 percent of the company.   In January 2000, he was officially named chief executive officer. As CEO Ballmer handled company finances, however Gates still retained control of the “technological vision.” In 2003, Ballmer sold 8.3% of his shareholdings, leaving him with a 4% stake in the company.  The same year, Ballmer replaced Microsoft’s employee stock options program. While CEO of Microsoft in 2008, he earned a total compensation of $1,350,834, which included a base salary of $640,833, and a cash bonus of $700,000.  (He’s also a Harvard Graduate… FYI)

Steve Ballmar Four Words: “I Love this Company”

Steve Ballmar Laughing on the Apple iPhone

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Did You Know?

Great Video on the Rate of Change…

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A Venture Capitlist Business Plan!

1)       Make Meaning

  1. Increase the quality of life
  2. Right a wrong
  3. Prevent the end of something good

2)       Make a Mantra

  1. Not Mission Statements: (For Employees & Organization)
    1. i.      Fed Ex: Peace of Mind
    2. ii.      Wendy’s: Healthy Fast Food
    3. iii.      Nike: Authentic Athletic Performance
  2. $25’000 Mission Statement
    1. i.      We exists to professional build long term high-impact sources so that we may endeavor to synergistically leverage existing effective deliverables to stay competitive in tomorrow’s world.

3)       Get Going!

  1. Think Different
    1. i.      Don’t do better sameness
    2. ii.      Don’t be 10-15% better… be 10-15 times better!
  2. Polarize People
    1. i.      Mac, Net Flicks, TiVo, Harley Davidson
  3. Find a few soul mates
    1. i.      You need people to balance you off: Great Engineer, you need a marketer.  Youthful and gung ho, you need a senior to keep you grounded!

4)       Define a Business Model

  1. Be Specific
    1. i.      Who is my customer, and how do I get my money out of her purse!
  2. Keep it Simple (Cost $1, Sells for $5): Innovate on Technology, products & services (Not on Business Models)
  3. Ask women! Because we men are savages! We talk about killing the competitor, dominating the market! etc. etc.

5)       Weave a MAT (Milestones, Assumptions, Tasks)

  1. Come up a Hand Full of Milestones
  2. How many sales call per day, how much ROI, How much to install our Software or Product
    1. i.      Very few start ups write them down, and test them.
  3. Do task: They help you accomplish a Milestone or Test an Assumption.

6)       Niche Theyself (Holy Grail of Marketeering) “$100K MBA”

A Real Business Plan, A Real VC Pitch!

 

7)       Follow the 10/20/30 Rule

  1. 10 Slides in your Power Point
    1. i.      Title
    2. ii.      Problem
    3. iii.      Solution
    4. iv.      Business Model
    5. v.      Underlying Magic
    6. vi.      Marketing & Sales
    7. vii.      Competition
    8. viii.      Team
    9. ix.      Projections
    10. x.      Status & Timeline
  2. 20 Minutes
  3. 30 Points Font minimum.
    1. i.      Algorithm: Find the oldest person in the room and divide there age by 2.

8)       Hire Infected People

  1. Hire people with work experience, eduction but love your product!
    1. i.      Ignore the irrelevant
    2. ii.      Hire better then yourself! You’re “A” hire “A+”
    3. iii.      Apply the Shopping Center Test (Once you see that person, you should have the feeling you want to walk over to them!)

9)       Lower the Barriers to Adoption:

  1. Flatten the Learning Curve
  2. Don’t ask people to do something that you wouldn’t do.
  3. Embrace your “evangelist” (The person bring the good news)

10)   Seed the Clouds (Rainmaking & Sales)

  1. Let a hundred Flowers Blossom (Let the wrong people use and buy your products: Not your demographic)
  2. Enable Test Drives (Tell people there smart and let them give you feedback and use your product)
  3. Find the Influencer not the CMO/CXO People (Tech Support, Receptionist, Anaylsts)

11)   Don’t let the Bozos grind you down

  1. We don’t need another search engine!  Thank god, Larry Page and Sergey Brin founders of Google didn’t listen…

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Favorite Website: TED


TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

This site makes the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free.

www.ted.com

June 14, 2009 Posted by | Agriculture, Business, Business Development, Co-op, Community Economic Development (CED), Economics, Education, Email, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Technology (I.T.), Social Media, Sustainability, Sustainable Community Development, Videos, Water, Website | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Guy Kawasaki – The Art of the Start

Great video for anyone wanting to start a business.   For you Business or IT Geeks, or even Mac users, you’ll know who he is.  He’s a Venture Capitalist, a true Entrepreneur and has several books and a popular blog that’s powered by WordPress as well 😉

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Google Alerts

http://www.google.com/alerts

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant web, news, etc. based on your choice of topic.

Example of some  Google Alerts include:

  • Monitoring a developing news story
  • An Internet-era billionaire who got his college education on a scholarship has pledged $100 million to create a free university on the Internet. Michael Saylor, president and CEO of Internet software company MicroStrategy Inc.
  • Keeping current on a competitor or industry
  • Sneaky… sneaky…
  • Getting the latest on an event
  • Earth Day April 22nd (The Green Generation) http://www.earthday.net/
  • Keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams
  • New York Knicks, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks etc.

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The Future of Collaboration (The Role of Social Media in Government & our Daily Lives)

The way the web is changing the world!  The role social media has today and in the future…

New technologies and a closely related culture of collaboration present radical new models of social organisation. This project and video brings together leading practitioners and thinkers in this field and asks them to determine the opportunity for government.  Check it out…  (60 mins)  

Watch the FULL film online: http://watch.usnowfilm.com

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